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Macbeth (1960)

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Hallmark Hall of Fame's second version of Shakespeare's classic play, with the same two stars and the same director as its first version, but a different supporting cast.

Director: George Schaefer
Writers: George Schaefer, Anthony Squire.

Release Date: 1960-11-20
Status: Released
Run time: 108 min / 1:48
Production Companies : Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, Grand Prize Films
Production Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America
Release Date: 1960-11-20
Status: Released
Run time: 108 min / 1:48

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Maurice Evans
as Macbeth
Judith Anderson
as Lady Macbeth
Michael Hordern
as Banquo
Ian Bannen
as Macduff
Felix Aylmer
as Doctor
Jeremy Brett
as Malcolm
Robert Brown
as Bloody Sergeant
Charles Carson
as Caithness
Trader Faulkner
as Seyton
Scott Finch
as Fleance
William Hutt
as Ross
Megs Jenkins
as Gentlewoman
Malcolm Keen
as Duncan
Simon Lack
as Menteith
Brewster Mason
as Angus
Patrick Mynhardt
as Lennox


Directing George Schaefer Director
Writing George Schaefer Screenplay
Writing Anthony Squire Screenplay
Production Phil C. Samuel Producer
Production George Schaefer Producer
Editing Ralph Kemplen Editor
Production Irene Howard Casting
Art Edward Carrick Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Bob Lawrance Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Beatrice Dawson Costume Design
Camera Freddie Young Director of Photography
Sound Richard Addinsell Original Music Composer

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  • Plot Overview. The play begins with the brief appearance of a trio of witches and then moves to a military camp, where the Scottish King Duncan hears the news that his generals, Macbeth and Banquo, have defeated two separate invading armies—one from Ireland, led by the rebel Macdonwald, and one from Norway.

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  • If you are a student assigned to read or see Macbeth, or an adult approaching it for the first time, you are in for a lot of fun.. Everybody brings a different set of experiences to a book, a theater, or a classroom. Although I've tried to help, ultimately you'll need to decide for yourself about Shakespeare and Macbeth.

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